Last week, I had the chance to speak to the Boston College Tech Trek students visiting the Bay Area. These students are led by Professor John Gallaugher and got the chance to visit with a number of tech companies in the Bay Area to learn about the tech industry, and made a pit stop at the Deloitte office to learn a bit about the consulting industry and the topic of digital consulting.
During the latter part of the presentation I also spent some time talking about career opportunities in the Tech industry and what students can do in order to achieve their own desired career success. We closed with a section on some of our own keys to success that we felt helped us achieve our own success thus far and I wanted to share them here. So with a little channeling of my inner DJ Khaled, here are some of my keys to success:
Lesson 1: Know Yourself – Take the time know yourself and to ask yourself the tough questions about what you want to do in your career. I think self-awareness is an underrated skill, and some of the most successful people I have seen have taken the time to understand what they want to do while plotting steps (baby at times) to get there.
Lesson 2: Never Stop Learning – Technology moves fast. It can be hard to keep up. Instead, focus on the art of learning, and never stop. College is a transformational time to grow and develop. If you can learn “how to learn” and begin to do it frequently you will find yourself in better position to adapt and evolve throughout your career.
Lesson 3: Put Others First – If you consider others before yourself, you’ll find all the help you’ll ever need and more opportunities than you can imagine. I know this is a rather counterintuitive lesson, but I’ve found that helping others has given me more opportunities that I could ever imagine. Adam Grant’s Give and Take is a great example of how putting others first can help you get ahead in your career.
Lesson 4: Always Keep The Door Open – You got here because someone opened the door for you. Keep it open for someone else. Or better yet, open new doors for others. I’ve been fortunate to get to where I am in my career and I know I wouldn’t be here without hard work and effort. Having said that, I would be foolish if I didn’t acknowledge the countless people whose help and kindness gave me the opportunities and breaks to help me land where I am. I’m committed to keeping that door open to others, and finding ways to open new ones too.
Lesson 5: Be Kind – It costs very little, and pays significantly. I’ve found that saying hello, smiling, opening doors, and saying please and thank you can make a huge difference.